Fundraisers bond at the 007 Ball
Hylands House in Chelmsford was the venue for the black tie event and guests were welcomed by an Aston Martin Vantage, loaned by Grange Motors, which set the scene at the entrance.
As guests arrived, champagne flowed at the reception, and Aston Martini cocktails were served. Comedian Russ Williams kicked things off as the master of ceremonies. He handed over to Saint Francis Hospice CEO Pam Court who welcomed and thanked everyone for attending and supporting local hospice care.
Paul McCann spoke about his experience of the Hospice, where his wife Joanne was cared for in 2018, and his daughter continues to receive support to help her understand the loss of her mummy.
Aston Group sponsored the event and the company’s chairman, Mike Thomas, spoke on behalf of his colleagues who attended:
"We've supported Saint Francis Hospice for many years. The Hospice provides a fantastic service for the local community."
Russ then led the auction, with the star prize of a lunch with Bond Girl Madeline Smith, who attended the glamorous event. Also there on the night were Hospice Patrons Sir Trevor and Hilka Lady Brooking, and Andrew Rosindell MP.
James Bond lookalikes Daniel Craig, Odd Job and Blofeld added some fun. Q The Music and The London Show Band provided the live Bond music, and DJ Andy Furneaux manned the guests to keep guests dancing until the early hours of the morning.
Everyone who attended helped raise an incredible £73,000 for the Hospice.
Madeline Smith, Bond girl from Roger Moore's first Bond film, 'Live and Let Die', said "It was bliss to meet your wonderful and adorable people. Thank you for your immense kindness. Bless you!"